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Grant program

Innovative Community Grants Fund

As part of the Uniting commitment to supporting Uniting Church Presbyteries and Congregations and other Community Organisations in their mission, it offers grants every year through the Innovative Community Grant Fund (ICGF) for mission initiatives that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage in the community.

Applications should target social disadvantage through activities that:

  • Promote choices and opportunities for people, and add value to people’s lives.
  • Support and empower people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or isolated.
  • Create, develop or enhance cooperative relationships between local communities, church communities and Uniting service streams.

The ICGF aims to support you to develop or expand activities in your community, enabling you to build capacity or start new activities, to work with others and to share what you’ve learnt. We encourage you to think creatively about your projects and to live out Christ’s invitation to serve humanity by creating and inclusive, connected and just world.

The Uniting Innovative Grant Fund operates as a three tiered grant fund and all applications need to be made through the Uniting ICGF Application Portal.

Apply here

Capacity grants

Capacity grants provide one-off funding of up to $15,000 for projects that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage. These grants are intended to support congregations to enhance or expand activities within communities and to forge further relationships with other community groups.

Time frame: up to 1 year.

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Breakthrough grants

Breakthrough grants provide funding of up to $30,000 for initiatives that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage. These grants are intended to support congregations to undertake activities with an innovative focus within their communities and to forge further relationships with other community groups. Priority will be given to areas with high levels of disadvantage.

Time frame: 1–2 years.

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Impact grants

The Uniting Impact Grants provide multi-year funding for initiatives that will have a lasting and significant impact for people experiencing social disadvantage. It is expected that these will be evidence based initiatives or innovation supported by solid reasoning. Initiatives should have a focus on collaboration with other organisations and funding bodies. Priority will be given to areas with high levels of disadvantage.

Time frame: 1–5 years (as required)

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Applying

The funds are administered by Uniting Councils across NSW and the ACT. If you are interested in applying, have questions or would like some support, please contact the Chair of your local Uniting Council.

Applications open 15  February 2018
Applications close 1 June 2018
Notification of approvals By 27 July 2018

Get in touch

We understand that filling in applications can be daunting, and that sometimes we all need help to think through our ideas. We are here to support you to develop your idea or prepare your application.

Uniting’s team of Church Engagement Leaders are here to help you think and talk through your ideas and the application process. They can help you with every step of the process and provide invaluable support and advice. See below for the Church Engagement Leader contact for your region.

Open list of engagement leaders
NameRegion/AreaMobileEmail

Joanna Drayton

Sydney Central Coast

0419 632 8880419 632 888

Email Joanna

Karen Mitchell-Lambert

Parramatta Nepean

0438 431 0860438 431 086

Email Karen

Shane Fenwick

Sydney Region

0437 314 9710437 314 971

Email Shane

Corrina Alchin

Macquarie Darling/Riverina

0417 622 0820417 622 082

Email Corinna

Briony Griffiths

Canberra Region

0427 038 1800427 038 180

Email Briony

Cherie Strudwick

Mid/Far North Coast

0437 109 8720437 109 872

Email Cherie

Mel Pouvalu

Georges River/Illawarra

0439 310 0310439 310 031

Email Mel

Natasha Holmes

Hunter/NE/NW

0490 032 2430490 032 243

Email Natasha

Nathan Tyson

Indigenous - UAICC

0438 714 8620438 714 862

Email Nathan

If you have a question, we’d love to hear from you.

Innovative community grant funds administration

T: 1800 864 8461800 864 846

E: council@uniting.org